Rick Santorum: Trump Should Have Better Info Than ‘National Enquirer’ and NYT with Wiretap Allegations

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined the ongoing national conversation about President Donald Trump’s wiretapping allegations on Thursday, and he made it abundantly clear just how he feels about it.

“We’re not in an election anymore, and it’s not his opponent he’s throwing off,” Santorum said. “I think it’s him that he’s throwing off.”

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, appeared on CNN’s “Outfront” to talk about the wiretapping claims, explaining how he believes the president is the only person being damaged by the claims:

“In this case, he has no opponent. And who he’s hurting is not a rival, he’s hurting himself, because he’s now the president and it doesn’t matter whether he blames Barack Obama or not.

People don’t care about Barack Obama anymore. They care about one person. They care about the president, and he’s the president.”

Dismissing the president’s basis for making the claim, Santorum also commented on Trump’s media consumption, while simultaneously taking a thinly veiled shot at the New York Times:

“I’d like to see the president come out there and talk about what he knows, not what he’s read in the paper. I understand you read things in the paper, I see things on TV.

But when you’re the president of the United States, the assumption is that you have better information than what’s in The National Enquirer, or even The New York Times, which in some cases are very similar publications.”

After barely receiving 1% of the vote in the Iowa Caucus, Santorum became one of the first candidates to drop out of the 2016 Republican primary. While he endorsed Marco Rubio immediately following his exit from the race, Santorum quickly shifted his support to Donald Trump when it became apparent that he would be the Republican nominee.

Santorum’s comments on CNN appear to be his first significant criticism of the president since his initial endorsement last March.

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